A Pine Bluff attorney who lost a bid for the state Court of Appeals was appointed on Wednesday to fill the seat that his opponent in May's election will fill next year.

A Pine Bluff attorney who lost a bid for the state Court of Appeals was appointed on Wednesday to fill the seat that his opponent in May's election will fill next year.
Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Eugene Hunt to represent District 7 on the court, replacing former Appeals Court Judge Brian Miller. Miller was appointed earlier this year to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Hunt, 62, was defeated by Jefferson County District Judge Waymond Brown in the May nonpartisan judicial election for the seat, which is filled by elections in Arkansas, Chicot, Desha, Jefferson, Lee, Phillips and St. Francis counties. Brown will be sworn in to the court in January.
In his law practice, Hunt specializes in employment discrimination cases. He has served as a special justice on the state Supreme Court and as a special judge in Jefferson County.